I recently had two severe panic attacks induced by caffeine about a month ago and since then I've been severely anxious and moderately depressed (it was like night and day, I went from normal to full blown panic disorder in one day) I was put on 10mg of Paxil with Ativan as needed and have only finished my second week of Paxil, still waiting for the meds to kick in. I am aware of depersonalization and disreality, both of which I experienced during and after my panic attacks, but now I'm experiencing something different, in a way. I see everything as "wrong" and "weird" almost dream like, yet I don't feel detached or feel like nothing is real. I still think everything is real but everything feels "strange" and "off". I wish I could explain more but I don't know how. Even my memories seem that way when I recall them. I'm not constantly feeling this way just within the past 3 days. Is this just depersonalization and disreality? Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks!
Anxiety: Everything looks and seems "strange" and off. Anyone else experience this?
Question posted by Msavvy on 15 Nov 2015
Last updated on 13 June 2021
I'd also like to clarify that I've been having these symptoms while NOT having a panic attack.
I have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and GAD (I'm taking venlafaxine for it), and just lately when I got my first job, I had severe panic attacks. I also tend to self harm during the panic attacks (I usually hit my head against the wall and can't really stop it).
After I quit the job, I noticed how everything started to seem off. I notice weird tiny details I never noticed before and all of my personal items seem off and unfamiliar. My phone interface looks weird. My favourite games tend to feel like I never played them before. My toothbrush seems like it doesn't belong to me. I just found silver earrings I wore for years and thought "those can't be mine". They look so off. This got me really worried and had me googling it. I'm relieved I'm not alone.
I have had anxiety for a number of years , off and on. I once went 9 years without an episode.But over the past two years, I was hit with high levels of anxiety. These were.both related. To covid concerns.
In 2020, I experienced an anxiety attack in my sleep after.the lockdowns hit. What complicated the situation more.was.that I started self medicating with xanax. It.made things worse. Eventually a.doctor prescribed mirtazzipine and Seroquel. I don't know.what the seroquel was for because I was.rational. The mirtazzipine helped with sleeping. After about two and a half months from the start of this nightnnmare, I began to calm down and things returned to.normal. I went through the whole perception thing along with total fear and panic attacks. Things do return to normal.
It is a.horrible thing to.go through but I can tell you I have weathered these episodes at least 15 times over a 48 year period. Durations varied from a few weeks to a few months along with severity. I have always returned to the confident person I was before the attacks.
Looking back over to these episodes, they all had one thing in common; they occurred after a stressful time or a life changing event.
I've experienced it all, the scary thoughts, panic nightmares etc and I have gotten through it.
Hope this helps someone
I had a panic attack that lasted a year. Since I was on Workers Comp, they found a psychiatrist for me and it felt like he saved my life. He put me on Xanax and that worked for me. He added Prozac to help my anorexia/bulimia and that gradually helped as well. Back then psychiatrists could prescribe pain meds as well. I had suffered a back injury and as a Dancer/Instructor it put me on the sidelines for a while. I recovered enough to get back to my career, but as anyone who has experienced panic attacks or anxiety you know that there could be an attack right around the corner, so before you know it your thought patterns can put you right in the middle of an attack. My hands would shake so bad I could barely change the channels on my car radio. And the "I'm having a heart attack" feeling can send you right to the E.R. Now, years later, I am unfortunately a chronic pain patient after 2 back surgeries.
The second one failed, and I started falling all over the place. Just last year in July I found out these falls plus partially numb feet were happening due to nerve impingement from my back. I have sadly spent over a year in a nursing home, trying to get the treatment I need. I do see the end of the tunnel and I will be moving somewhere no later than next year. I swear by Ativan for my anxiety, along with a boat load of pain meds. I have built up such a high tolerance to the pain meds that they barely take the edge off of my pain. When I was at home I took the Ativan as needed, but I still practice deep breathing when I start to feel antsy. My doctor from the '90s told me to take the Xanax as prescribed to keep my blood levels even, and I did do that. I know I talked more than just the panic, but for me the pain and the panic go hand and hand. You can get through these miserable times, and I pray that you find the right doctor and the right meds to make your life better.
I have been dealing with this exact thing for the past couple weeks. I felt like no one understands and I can’t get treated for something when even I don’t know what it is. I’ve been letting the internet run me completely insane looking up things. I’ve had cancer, brain tumors, you name it. But after reading these comments, and although I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy, I’m glad I’m not alone.
I know this was posted 5 years ago but I’d really appreciate an update... have you come out of it? Is there hope?!
I think I have the same condition now. I had a severe anxiety/panic attack for about 3 or four days. It was a constant anxiety feeling. Afterwards, I was left with this brain fog feeling where things did look like how it use to be. Its been about two months now so I’m wondering how long this will take. Any stories how on long this can last?
it’s all in your head I promise you. I’ve been on and off of this and the only reason it gets to me is because I am constantly thinking about it 24/7. just know that you will get through it I promise you. stay strong I know it is such a rough time I swear to God I know i’ve been through it. It’s all an illusion at the end of the day you’re fine.
Same here. I was always anxious but didn’t know it or wasn’t aware of it . After my first panic attack I became hyper aware of other people and how they were reacting to me. I have GAD and the change I think is that after my first panic attack during a stressful time, my anxiety which was in the background unnoticed, has moved to the foreground and plays a role in my everyday life. I rationalize it all by thinking that a panic attack was bound to happen sooner or later to reveal my background unrealized (now realized) anxiety.
Yes. I have this feeling after experiencing an emotionally traumatic event.
Yes I've had this and it is derealization, just know that it won't last forever, it will pass, it's not dangerous although it feels so awful. Its a very common with anxiety and it can be tricky to brake the cycle. I've had the same thing about 11 months ago, anxiety and panic attacks sprung out of no where it felt like I was loosing my mind. But the important thing is to not worry about how it started and just try and decrease your stress and give your self a brake, the more you think about how it happened the worse it gets. I tried taking medication for it but I think it just complicates things, the only medication helped me was sleeping pills when I needed them. Counselling and making adjustments in your life it's the way forward. Google "anxiety coaches podcast" it is a really good podcast by Gina Ryan. It really helped me learn about the condition
I am feeling this way now, I am so desperate to feel better, this odd feeling I feel is driving me mad, my moods are flunctuating within seconds, I can’t think straight, I have panic attacks, I just want to feel human again. It started off as this intense fear one night, and then it was just episodes, and now it follows me wherever I go, it’s gotten so bad to the point where I have feared my own family. I can’t help but feel like I make every social situation awkward and everyone tries to stay away from me, I ruin everything. This feeling has stripped me of my personality, I don’t know how to act around anybody, not even myself, I’ve lost myself and I’m trying so hard to act as I should and do the things that I should do.
Hi! I feel exactly the same. It's hard to explain isn' t it? I started having this feeling about 2 weeks ago. I remember one night out of the blue I was struck by a feeling of extreme hellish fear, and I immediately didn't feel like the same person anymore, also, everything feels different. like everything has a very dark, weird, and gloomy vibe to it. even things that are normally fun or enjoyable. like you described, even my memories feel different when I recall them. Have you recovered from feeling like this or are you still struggling? I really wonder what this awful feeling is and Im really scared that it will never go away...
I now have the same thing.did you get any better?
I was just recently diagnosed with anxiety in the past 2 weeks. I have been to the hospital several times and I'm also 28 weeks pregnant and some of the symptoms I'm having I found it hard to believe that it was anxiety (panic attacks), and to be honest I still do but with the feeling your having of things seeming dream like or "off" in some way I feel that also everyday all day since all this started and it is calming to know that I'm not the only one.
Paxil works by altering serotonin functions throughout your body. In addition to its role in mood, serotonin has a wide variety of other functions, both physical and mental. It plays a part in learning and memory formation. Thus, as your body adjusts to the altered serotonin levels caused by the drug, it is quite plausible that you could experience some unusual alterations in general consciousness until your body adjusts. If it doesn't go away, however, you should probably consult your doctor.
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